Pre-flight snacks – Porter Airlines Lounge

Pre-flight snacks - Porter Airlines Lounge
Shortbread chocolate chip cookie, coffee, water. Complimentary
Porter Airlines Lounge, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ)

I like that the gate area at this airport has complimentary drinks and snacks. I think more airlines should do this. It’s super convenient and people were actually respectful about not taking too much food.

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Frosted snowman cookie – Starbucks

Frosted snowman cookie - Starbucks
Hand-decorated shortbread cookie topped with white chocolate icing and a milk chocolate hat. $2.25
Starbucks, San Bruno CA

Merry Christmas everyone! I’m stuck at work today, but I hope that everyone has a wonderful day with family and friends. Remember, it’s not the gifts under the tree that makes this holiday special. It’s the quality time spent with loved ones. I can’t wait to get off work so that I too can share in the holiday festivities. Be safe and be merry! 🙂

Yellow mariposa lily
Yellow mariposa lily (Calochortus luteus, Liliaceae), Bon Tempe Lake.

Salted butter chocolate chip cookie – Flour Craft Bakery

Salted butter chocolate chip cookie - Flour Craft Bakery
I haven’t had a lot of gluten free cookies yet, but I enjoyed this one. My constant fear for gluten free cookies is that’ll be too dry or have a weird aftertaste. This cookies was still very moist and tasted great! $1.75
Flour Craft Bakery, San Anselmo CA

Shortbread cookie - Flour Craft Bakery
Shortbread cookie. Complimentary
Pretty tasty and free with purchase!

Powder-puff pincushion cactus

Powder-puff pincushion cactus (Mammillaria bocasana var. multilanata, Cactaceae), Kentfield.

Shortbread marzipan cookie – Victoria Pastry Company

Shortbread marzipan cookie Victoria Pastry Co

French shortbread cookie with marzipan filling and apricot and raspberry jam.
Victoria Pastry Company, Greenbrae CA

I’m not quite sure of the technical differences between a cookie and a pastry.  The shop called this a cookie, but I would’ve been more inclined to call it a pastry (and probably erroneously).  Maybe because it was quite large, glazed, and had marzipan and two different jams.  In any case, it was scrumptious!  It was so soft and not overly sweet.  The marzipan gave it a nice almond flavor and the jams were delicious.  I don’t make it out to Greenbrae very often, but I will swing by Victoria Pastry Company for another yummy treat the next time I do.

New Manhattan Philz Coffee

And, yes, I still had a Philz Coffee New Manhattan with me from the SF commute. They tasted pretty amazing together!  Mmm, gotta love Philz Coffee…